Swedish 1870s Gustavian Style Painted Bedside Chest with Four Reeded Drawers

A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood bedside chest from the late 19th century with four drawers, reeded motifs and carved dentil molding. Created in Sweden during the third quarter of the 19th century, this painted bedside chest features a rectangular top with slightly raised accentuation, sitting above a discreet carved dentil molding. Four drawers below, adorned with reeded patterns, make up the rest of the façade. They are each fitted with Classical brass pulls and are flanked with carved side posts. The chest is painted in a soft color typical of the Swedish taste for light palettes aiming at brightening the rooms during the dark Scandinavian winters. The ensemble is raised on four short tapered feet. The Gustavian style takes its roots in the Louis XVI era. Swedish King Gustav III resided in 1771 in Paris, at the beginning stages of the Louis XVI style. There, he was inspired by French art and fashion. With that in his luggage, he had a strong desire to introduce something similar in Sweden. The country had fine craftsmen with high quality craftsmanship, who produced a simple style with harmonious aesthetics. The Gustavian style was born and has been in vogue ever since. It is incredibly popular, especially in England but also in France and in the USA. Price and age are of course inextricably linked, the older and rarer the higher the price! With its elegant lines and nice size, this Swedish Gustavian style painted nightstand circa 1870 will make for a lovely addition to any bedroom!
Place of Origin: Swedish
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 20.5"W x 32"H x 18"D
Inventory Number: XX151
Price: $2,950
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